Dental Tips Blog

Oct
18

4 Benefits of Getting Braces While Young

Posted in Orthodontics

Is your child ready for orthodontic treatment? Here are the four benefits of getting braces during childhood.

  1. Teeth Move Quickly in Young Jaws

The main reason for getting braces at a young age is simply that it’s the most efficient time to do so. Bone tissue in young mouths is highly dynamic and heals quickly. This is necessary for teeth to respond quickly to pressure from braces and then stay firmly rooted in their new positions.

  1. Braces During Youth Can Reduce Need for Complex Treatment in Adulthood

Spacing issues such as crowding and bite problems can often be corrected with simple orthodontic procedures in childhood. If you were to wait until adulthood to address them, treatment would be much more complicated and could even involve reconstructive surgery. It’s easier and cheaper to fix these issues while young.

  1. Braces Don’t Majorly Impact Kids’ Lives

True, most kids who wear braces hate the look and/or feel of them. But braces are a relatively minor inconvenience for kids when compared with how they could adversely affect a busy adult schedule.

  1. Have More Control Over Kids’ Compliance

One other good reason to get braces in childhood is because there are responsible people over the youth who can ensure they comply with their treatment instructions. Older people with braces can have a hard time exercising self-control when it comes to their own treatment.

Has a dentist suggested that your child get braces soon? Given all the benefits of orthodontic treatment in kids you shouldn’t wait long to get started.

Contact an orthodontist to schedule a braces consultation for your kids. You’ll be glad to get this all over with as soon as possible!

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

Jan
29

Braces for Kids Are a Waste of Money . . . Aren’t They?

Posted in Orthodontics

Why is the orthodontist suddenly recommending braces for your eight-year-old? No, it’s not a joke. Some orthodontists offer an early stage of orthodontic therapy called Phase I treatment that can actually have tremendous benefits for your child’s future adult smile.

First of all, take a look at the benefits of braces for anyone:

  • Beautiful teeth
  • A comfortable, functional bite
  • Stain- and disease-resistant teeth

These results are usually achieved by starting treatment when a child is in their early teens. But in some cases where the teeth already look straight a specialist can discern jaw discrepancies. An uneven jaw can lead to an uneven bite, uneven wear on the teeth, gum recession, headaches, TMJ issues, and on the list goes. If not addressed, that jaw growth may eventually require surgery.

If there is some way to head off these problems at the time the risk is perceived, then yes, your child is likely a candidate for Phase I orthodontic treatment. That would be unquestionably followed by Phase II in braces.

What About the Time Involved?

It may seem like your child is in braces longer, but two phase orthodontic treatment actually reduce the length and invasiveness of the treatment if you put braces off altogether.

The other factor to consider is how compliant your child would be. If your son or daughter has to spend their childhood avoiding the joys of bubble gum and candy apples, they may not be so cooperative about wearing braces later on.

Keep in mind that other orthodontists may have different opinions. Since most initial evaluations are free, take advantage of several to get different opinions. Talk with your general dentist to get more information. If early ortho treatment for your child really is necessary, then rest assured, it will be worth the cost!

Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
213-234-3030

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